Carlos Agustin Marmol.
Went 2-4 with a 4.41 ERA (49.0 IP/24 ER) in 52 appearances between the Cubs and Dodgers last season. Opened campaign with Cubs and allowed a run in first three outings, but bounced back with 10.0 scoreless innings over next 10 appearances, allowing just five hits over that span. Lowered ERA to 3.86 after 23rd outing of season, but gave up nine runs over 6.2 innings in his next nine games (12.15 ERA), through June 20 at St. Louis. Did not appear for Cubs after June 20. Was designated for assignment on June 25 and traded to the Dodgers on July 2. Allowed four earned runs over 2.2 innings in first two outings for Dodgers, on July 23 & 25. Rebounded by allowing just two earned runs over final 19 appearances of regular season, posting a 0.96 ERA (18.2/2) and holding opponents to a .131 average against. Struck out 26 and walked 17 (two intentional) in that time. Appeared in Games 4 & 6 of National League Championship Series against St. Louis, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings overall. Tossed 1.2 innings in Game 4, issuing one walk and striking out three; in Game 6, threw 2.0 innings and allowed one hit, with two strikeouts.
Carlos recorded 20 saves in 23 opportunities in his seventh season with Chicago ... all told, appeared in 61 games and went 3-3 with 20 saves and a 3.42 ERA (21 ER/55.1 IP) ... his 115 career saves for the Cubs rank third on the all-time list...Converted a career-best 19-straight save opportunities from May 2-September 14 ... posted a 0.49 ERA (1 ER/18.1 IP) in those 19 outings. ...Had a 1.52 ERA (5 ER/29.2 IP) in 30 games following the All-Star break, over four runs less than his 5.61 ERA (16 ER/25.2 IP) in 31 games prior to the break....Struck out 72 hitters in 55.1 innings of work, good for an average of 11.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched ... walked 45 and limited the opponent to a .200 batting average (40-for-200)....Surrendered four home runs on the season, but just one following the All-Star break (29.2 IP)....His three victories were his most in a season since recording five wins in 2007....Posted a 2.25 ERA (5 ER/20.0 IP) in his 23 save opportunities ... had a 4.08 ERA (16 ER/35.1 IP) in 38 games without a save situation....Recorded the save, May 2 in Cincinnati, but allowed three runs (one earned) in a non-save situation the following day against the Reds - that raised his season ERA to 6.23, and he was removed from the closer's role....On the 15-day disabled list, May 12-28, with a right hamstring strain....Tossed 2.0 innings in two rehab appearances for Triple-A Iowa....Held the opponent scoreless in nine appearances from May 7-June 13 before he was inserted back into the closer's role for good, June 15 vs. Boston....Was 1-0 with four saves and a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP) in 10 August outings....Limited the opposition to a .139 batting average (5-for-36) in 11 September games.
Carlos recorded 34 saves in 44 opportunities for Chicago, posting a 2-6 markwith a 4.01 ERA (33 ER/74.0 IP) in 75 relief appearances...his 10 blownsaves led the majors...Had a 2.57 ERA (12 ER/42.0 IP) in the first half compared to a 5.91ERA (21 ER/32.0 IP) in the second half...Posted a 6.07 ERA (29 ER/43.0 IP) in 44 save situations...had a 1.16ERA (4 ER/31.0 IP) in 31 non-save situations...Allowed five home runs, including two three-run blasts and two grandslams...had allowed three home runs in the previous two seasonscombined...His blown save, April 3 vs. the Pirates, snapped a streak of 18 successfulsave chances converted dating to August 21, 2010...also ended hisscoreless-innings streak at 19.2 frames dating to August 25, 2010...Boasted a 0.43 ERA (1 ER/21.0 IP) in 20 appearances, April 4-May 29...Surrendered a career-high six runs as a reliever, May 31 vs. Houston(0.1 IP, 5 H, 1 BB)...he allowed a homer to his first right-handed battersince September 6, 2008 in Cincinnati...Entered June 4's game vs. St. Louis with the bases loaded and one outin the 10th inning and got out of the jam, stranding all three runners...tossed 1.2 shutout innings...June 5 in St. Louis, allowed a Ryan Theriot RBI-double with two outs inthe ninth to snap a franchise record 25.1-scoreless innings streak onthe road dating to August 25, 2010...Removed from the closer's role after his blown save, July 14 vs. Florida...Returned to closer role, July 31, and converted his next nine save opportunitieswhile posting a 0.93 ERA (1 ER/9.2 IP) in 10 games throughAugust 14...Tossed a season-high 2.0 shutout innings for the second time, September16 vs. Houston...also did so, June 30 vs. the Giants...Signed a three-year deal, February 14.
In his first full season as Chicago's closer, Carlos recorded 38 saves in 43 chances, going 2-3 with a 2.55 ERA (22 ER/77.2IP) ... he struck out 138 hitters, a franchise single-season mark for a reliever and tops among all relievers in MLB. ... His 138 strikeouts came in just 77.2 innings of work, translating to 15.99strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched - that's the highest single-season markfor a reliever in MLB history.w His 15.99 mark surpassed Eric Gagne, who struck out 14.98 hittersper 9.0 innings pitched in 2003 with the Dodgers. ... The 138 punchouts rank 10th-most among major league relievers in asingle season. ... His 38 saves ranked fourth-best in the N.L., while his 88.4 percentsuccess rate was sixth.w Led the majors with 14 saves from September 1 through the endof the season. ... Saved 38 of Chicago's 75 victories, becoming the first Cubs pitcher tosave over half the team's wins since 1998 when Rod Beck logged savesin 51 of the club's 98 victories. ... Tied with Randy Myers in 1995 for third-most saves in a single season bya Cubs closer ... just twice has a Chicago closer surpassed 38 saves:Myers had 53 in 1993 and Rod Beck had 51 in 1998. ... Finished the campaign converting his final 17 save opportunities datingto August 21 while riding an 18.2-scoreless innings streak since August25. ... Limited foes to a .147 batting average (40-for-272), tied for secondlowestin the majors among relievers with the Rays' Joaquin Benoit ... hetrailed only the Dodgers' Hong-Chih Kuo (.139).w Held opponents to a .199 slugging percentage, second-lowestamong all relievers (Kuo, .192). ... Allowed just one home run in 77.2 innings pitched - the 0.12 home runsper 9.0 innings ranks sixth-lowest by a Cubs reliever in a single season. ... Also led major league relievers with 52 walks and was tied for first witheight hit batsmen. ... Was the first pitcher to lead relievers in both strikeouts and walks sinceSan Francisco's Dave Burba in 1994. ... Had a 1.52 ERA (4 ER/23.2 IP) and was 16 for 18 in save opportunitieswhen pitching on no days rest. ... Converted 15-straight save opportunities from August 3, 2009 to April14, 2010 ... he pitched 15.2 innings (1 ER), walking eight while fanning28 during the streak. ... Allowed a career-high five walks as a reliever in 0.2 innings, July 17 vs.the Phillies ... was the first Cubs hurler to walk at least five in a relief stintof 1.0 inning or less since Johnny Vander Meer walked five in 1.0 inningat Philadelphia, July 27, 1950.
Carlos made 79 relief appearances and led the club with 27 holds, despite moving into the closer's role August 18 - was11-for-11 in save situations following the move.... Closed out the campaign with a team-best 12 consecutive-successfulsave situations dating to August 3.... Limited foes to a .170 batting average (43-for-253), ranking third amongmajor league relievers behind Jonathan Broxton (.165) and AndrewBailey (.167).... Allowed two homers in 74.0 innings of work ... his 0.24 home runs surrenderedper 9.0 innings pitched ranked third in baseball (min. 55.0 IP)behind Peter Moylan (0 HR in 73.0 IP) and Kiko Calero (1 HR in 60.0 IP).... Recorded 11.31 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched, third-most amongNational League relievers.... Limited opponents to a .131 (18-for-137) batting average with runnerson base.... Was 2-1 with seven saves and a 3.03 ERA (12 ER/35.2 IP) at WrigleyField compared to a 0-3 mark with eight saves and a 3.76 ERA (16ER/38.1 IP) on the road.... Went 1-3 with 10 saves and a 2.39 ERA (10 ER/37.2 IP) in 40 gamesagainst N.L. Central foes.... Posted a 1.29 ERA (2 ER/14.0 IP) in 14 May outings.... With a shutout eighth inning (BB, SO) July 6 vs. Atlanta, picked up his63rd career hold, which gave him sole possession of second place on theCubs all-time holds list (since 1957).... Earned his 73rd career hold August 17 at San Diego, tying KyleFarnsworth for most by a Cub (since 1957).... Fanned one in a 1-2-3 11th frame September 20 at St. Louis,converting his 14th save of the year and 11th in a row, passing KevinGregg's previous team high for 2009.... Converted his 12th-consecutive save opportunity September 24 at SanFrancisco - marked his final save situation of the season.... Surrendered his first homer since May 3 in September 30's Game Two(Pittsburgh's Ryan Doumit), snapping a 61.0 homerless-innings streak.
Carlos was named to the 2008 N.L. All-Star Team in his first full major league season ... his 30 holds set a franchise record,eclipsing the old mark of 25 holds by Bob Scanlan (1993) and Jeff Fassero (2001).© Led major league relievers with 114 strikeouts, the most for a Chicagoreliever since Paul Assenmacher had 117 in 1991.© Replaced teammate Kerry Wood on the N.L. All-Star squad and tossed ascoreless 13th inning at Yankee Stadium, striking out two.© Led the club with 82 relief appearances, tied for third in the majors.© Allowed just 4.12 hits per 9.0 innings pitched, tops among major leaguerelievers (min. 50 IP).© His 16.0-inning scoreless streak from July 20-August 19 led Cubs relievers... also had a 13.2-inning shutout run from April 21-May 14.© Recorded a 1.61 ERA (9 ER/50.1 IP) in 45 games at Wrigley Field ... hada 4.14 ERA (17 ER/37.0 IP) in 37 road appearances.© Logged a 1.29 ERA (5 ER/35.0 IP) after the All-Star break ... had a 3.61ERA (21 ER/52.1 IP) in the first half of the season.© Recorded ERAs under 2.00 in three different months: 1.56 inMarch/April, 1.93 in May and 0.55 in August.© Limited the opponent to a .135 batting average, tops among majorleague relievers.© Produced a 1.29 ERA (4 ER/28.0 IP) in 27 appearances pitching with nodays rest.© Had a 1.85 ERA (10 ER/48.2 IP) against N.L. Central opponents.© Stranded a season-high 11-straight inherited runners, July 8-August 29.© Registered an 8.53 ERA (6 ER/6.1 IP) in an eight-game stretch, June 28-July 12 ... had a 2.22 ERA (20 ER/81.0 IP) in his 74 other relief outings.© Recorded holds in four-consecutive outings, April 15-22.© Struck out a season-high five (nine batters faced) April 18 vs. Pittsburgh.© Earned his first win of the season, May 11 vs. Arizona, tossing a perfecteighth inning in Chicago's 6-4 victory.© Had allowed just two homers in his first 28 relief appearances (35.0 IP)before allowing long balls in consecutive outings, May 31 vs. Coloradoand June 2 at San Diego.© Stranded three inherited runners June 12 vs. Atlanta after stranding twoapiece June 8 in Los Angeles and June 10 vs. the Braves.© Allowed a season-high four hits and five runs (just one earned) July 12vs. San Francisco.© Struck out 21 and walked just five in August to compliment a 0.55 ERAfor the month (1 ER/16.1 IP) ... the opposition hit just .038 (2-for-52)against him.
Carlos joined the big league club in May and was a dominant fixture in the bullpen for the remainder of the season ... his 96strikeouts were the most by a Cubs reliever since Joe Borowski fanned 97 batters in 2002.© Stranded 36 of 41 inherited runners on the season ... his 87.8-percent success rate led the N.L. and was third in the majors.© Held the opponent scoreless in 52 of his 59 outings.© Limited opposing batters to a .169 average (41-for-243).© Stranded 26 consecutive inherited runners from June 3-August 10.© Began the year with Triple-A Iowa, going 4-1 with a 3.95 ERA (18ER/41.0 IP) in eight games (seven starts), walking 12 and striking out48 in 41.0 innings of work.© Recalled to the Cubs May 18 and proceeded to turn in 10-consecutivescoreless relief outings (11.0 IP).© Tossed 3.0 perfect innings of relief June 19 in Texas ... picked up his secondvictory of the season in Chicago's 5-4 win. Became the first Cubs reliever to toss 3.0 perfect innings sinceMike Campbell (3.1 IP) September 4, 1996, in Florida.© Appeared in two post-season contests for the Cubs in the NLDS, allowingruns to score in both games. Tagged with the loss in Game One at Arizona, allowing two runsto score in 1.0 inning of work. Worked 2.0 innings in Game Three in Chicago and gave up asolo homer while striking out four batters.
Marmol was 5-6 with a 5.99 ERA in 13 starts, and 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in six relief appearances. The rookie's longest outing was 6 1/3 innings on June 28 against Milwaukee, in which he struck out eight. He was limited at the end of the season because of fatigue in his right shoulder.
Carlos split the season between Daytona (A) and West Tenn (AA) - where he combined to go 9-6 with a 3.34 ERA (57 ER/153.2 IP) ... started the season at Daytona and was named to the Florida State League All-Star team ... did not allow a hit over 6.0 innings of work in his season debut April 9 against Brevard County ... walked 2 and struck out 4 in the 2-0 Cub victory ... worked 6.0 innings in 10 of his 14 starts at West Tenn.
Carlos led the Midwest League with 14 wins ... was named to the league's All-Star squad ... struck out a season-high 10 batters in back-to-back games August 15 and 21.
Went 3-5 in his first full season as a pitcher ... gave up 2 or fewer earned runs in 6 of his 9 starts ... led the league with 74 strikeouts - struck out a season-high 10 batters in 5.0 innings August 11 against theMariners.
Started the season at Lansing (A) before returning to Mesa (R) - recorded a career-high 10 stolen basesat Mesa.
Batted .295 with 11 doubles and 12 RBI at Mesa (R).
Began his professional career with the Cubs' Dominican (Rookie) club, where he batted .314 in 41 games.